Minutes from Letchworth State Park, the Village of Mount Morris is a destination that deserves your attention. Founded in the early 1800s and the birthplace of Francis Bellamy, author of The Pledge of Allegiance, Mount Morris was a western New York transport and trade hub well into the 1900s. As was the case with so many American small towns, though, Mount Morris’s downtown started to decline — only to be brought back better than ever. In recent years, the newly revitalized and rejuvenated Mount Morris has attracted travelers from around the world with its local dining scene, boutique shopping, and easy access to Livingston County’s abundant natural destinations. Here’s how to experience it all, from the past to something brand new, during a Mount Morris day trip.

Start with Classic Diner Fare

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Every good day trip starts with a good breakfast, and Brian’s USA Diner is as classic as it gets. Expect diner-style favorites for breakfast, with homestyle flavors, daily specials, and service that’s just as speedy as it is friendly. Whether you’re craving an omelet, country ham, and eggs, biscuits and gravy, or a stack of syrupy buttermilk pancakes, you’ll find just what you need to fuel your Mount Morris trip itinerary.

See the Sights at One of the Region’s Most Famous Attractions

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Hands down, one of LivCo’s most popular and beloved attractions is Letchworth State Park, with its picturesque waterfalls and gorges. Go for a hike and explore the more than 14,000 acres including 66 miles of trails. There’s something for every skill level — and reaching the park’s three main waterfalls is easy by car or foot. You can also explore the Humphrey Nature Center, to learn more about the park and its importance within the local ecosystem, as well as the first-of-its-kind Autism Nature Trail. Staying in the area longer and want to add even more outdoor adventure to your trip? Consider visiting Al Lorenz Park or hopping on the Genesee Valley Greenway.


Letchworth Bridge

Explore the Largest Concrete Dam East of the Mississippi

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Yes, the Mount Morris Dam, located at the base of Letchworth State Park’s Grand Canyon of the East, is the largest concrete dam east of the Mississippi. The regionally important and historic structure offers exhibits and scenic vistas, and you can visit for a self-guided or guided tour, April through October. Just stop in if you’re fine with a self-guided excursion. To attend one of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ ranger-guided tours, reserve your tickets in advance online.


Mount Morris Dam

Visit the New LivCo Basecamp

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This summer, LivCo Basecamp comes to town - a brand-new tourism information center located at 4 O’Connell Avenue in Mount Morris! Stop by and say ‘hello,’ and get any extra information, advice, or tips you might need to make the most out of your time in LivCo.

Satiate Your Sweet Tooth

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After you’ve worked up a sweat, or just taken in the sights, satisfy your sweet tooth with a stop by Wendy’s Pantry & Country Mouse Tea House. This country store and confectionary offers a vast array of tempting old-fashioned candies, truffles, and chocolates. While you’re there, be sure to check out the many locally and state-made gifts and food items on offer.


Chocolate Display at Wendy's

Enjoy Local Bites and Sips

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After a morning of sightseeing, it’s time for a well-deserved lunch at High Banks Tavern, a neighborhood spot serving pub food and local beers and wines, as well as creative cocktails. If the weather’s nice, grab a table outside, and dig into the expansive menu of wings, pizzas, sandwiches, burgers, and more. Gluten-free options are available.

Stroll Along Artistic Main Street

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You’ll find a beautiful array of murals while exploring downtown. The New Family, One Nation mural by Shawn Dunwoody sits at the corner of Main and Chapel Street depicting historical figures, and commemorating Mount Morris’s 225th birthday. Find Flowers of Letchworth by Louise Jones at 83 Main Street, depicting stunning, larger-than-life florals. An alleyway next to the mural has been dedicated as Livingston County’s first Art Alleyway, featuring local artwork and seating.

Another recent addition is the Walk of Fame along Main Street, stretching from the Mills Mansion to Veterans Park, with nine plaques honoring historical local figures. And opposite Zeppo’s Creekside Creamery, find the We Remember, We Honor mural by Shawn Dunwoody dedicated to frontline workers, plus Patriotic Angel Wings on the same wall. Go for a stroll and see them all!


People at Flowers of Letchworth Mural

Hunt for a New Antique Treasure

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When it comes to hunting down your latest and greatest antique find, you have lots of options in Mount Morris. At Carvings & More, you’ll find carvings (of course), as well as wares from dozens of local artisans and antique dealers. Country Gentleman Antiques likewise features offerings from multiple makers and vendors.

At Allegiance Antiques, you’ll find a mix of well-loved, notable vintage and antique items, from furniture to quilts, crystal to glassware, prints to paintings. Liberty Hollow South offers furniture, country quilts, homemade candy, jams, and jellies. T. Maimone Antiques specializes in Americana, paintings and prints, books, furniture, and rugs. Particularly love thrifting for fashion? Try Finders Keepers, where you’ll discover gently used clothing for everyone in your crew. Trailside Treasures also sells secondhand clothing, as well as collectibles.


Woman Antique Shopping


Treat Yourself to a Plate of Pasta

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Whether you’re traveling with friends or your better half, treat yourself to an upscale dining experience at Questa Lasagna. The restaurant offers from-scratch, fresh, authentic Italian cuisine, alongside an imported wine list. With the menu changing frequently, expect entrees like chicken and sweet red pepper ravioli, or gnocchi and shrimp, and desserts like panna cotta, cheesecake, and lemon cake.

Cap Off the Day with Ice Cream

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End your perfect day in the village at Zeppo’s Creekside Creamery serving up homemade ice cream, milkshakes, and flavorful floats.


Boy with ice cream at Zeppo's


Turn your day trip into an overnight visit, with a stay at one of the local bed and breakfasts conveniently located within walking distance of the downtown.

Allegiance B&B: An 1838 miniature White House mansion that still reflects its time period. That said, the property’s dedication to history hardly means you’ll miss out on your creature comforts. Each room has been recently updated, while still paying homage to its historic roots.

BrickInn: For something close to Letchworth State Park, try the BrickInn, a 1915 Colonial on five acres in Mount Morris’s historic district. Guest rooms come with en suite private luxury baths, and, every day, guests are treated to a three-course, locally sourced breakfast.

Blue Rose B&B: Book a stay at Blue Rose Bed & Breakfast, designed by Architect William C. Walker of Rochester in the late 19th century. This Queen Anne Victorian-style building with a vibrant blue exterior features elegant bedrooms and freshly cooked breakfast each morning.